Endodontic treatment, is a treatment procedure to save or repair an infected or decaying tooth. It is also popularly known as root canal treatment. The main purpose of treatment applications is to protect the natural teeth of the person. The treatment of damage to the dental pulp and surrounding tissues caused by problems such as heat sensitivity, decay, infection, discoloration, abscess formation and fracture is performed in this department.
What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a specialty also known as root canal treatment. In this field, endodontic treatment is performed by endodontic specialists. The pulp of the tooth contains nerves and vessels. The pulp plays a serious role in the growth and development of teeth. It also plays a role in the reflection of dental problems as pain.
The pulp is located on the top of the tooth and in the spaces in the root canals. Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that treats the pulp, the soft tissues consisting of vessels, nerve endings and connective tissue that play a role in the nutrition and sensitivity of teeth.
Endodontic treatments can be applied when the dental pulp is affected by decay for different reasons, when infection occurs, when it becomes inflamed, or after a traumatic event such as a crack or fracture in the tooth.
The main goal of endodontics is to treat the natural tooth without disturbing its structure. It is aimed to save the tooth by preserving its health and all its functions.
How is Endodontic Treatment Performed?
Canal treatment applications can be performed as well as regeneration treatment applications to preserve the vitality and naturalness of the tooth. Regeneration treatment aims to develop living tissue in the tooth root, while root canal treatment aims to preserve the natural tooth in the mouth.
Who is an Endodontist?
Endodontic physicians who receive specialized training in endodontics are called endodontists or endodontists. Endodontists are specialists in tooth salvage treatments such as root canal therapy and surgical procedures, including pulp.
It focuses on ways of pain management in treatments and treatment practices that aim to minimize the possible pain that may be experienced while saving the tooth. Endodontic treatment, are applications performed by endodontic specialists to preserve the natural tooth structure of the person.
Since endodontic physicians are also experts in pain management, they also take part in procedures performed under local anesthesia. They use modern tools in root canal treatment applications so that the person can have a comfortable and painless procedure.
How is Canal Treatment Performed?
Endodontic treatment is also known as root canal treatment. The treatment is performed by endodontic specialists. In a typical root canal treatment, the doctor removes the pulp, cleans and shapes the root canal. The treated area is sealed with a special instrument and the treatment is then finalized with a crown.
Since the area to be treated and its surroundings are numbed before the procedure, no discomfort is felt. However, some mild pain may be experienced temporarily after the treatment. Generally, the pain that occurs during chewing disappears spontaneously after a certain period of time after the treatment. If you experience sensitivity or pain in the tissues that heal after treatment, you should definitely visit a dentist specialist.
Root canal treatment can take place in different stages depending on the person's condition, and the person may visit the practice several times. The stages of treatment are as follows:
- If the treatment is performed on an anterior tooth, an opening is created at the back of the tooth; if it is performed on a premolar or molar, an opening is created at the top of the tooth
- The problematic pulp is removed and the socket and root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped for filling
- If the treatment process requires multiple visits, a protective, temporary filling will be placed in the patient's tooth until the patient is examined again
- If the treated teeth do not have other health problems, they can fulfill all the functions of a normal tooth. There may also be similar complaints such as decay, infection, inflammation, fracture, discoloration, as seen in natural teeth.
Procedures performed in our Endodontics Clinic
Pain from endodontic causes is the most common problem that patients encounter and complain about. Caries lesions and tissue damage, including secondary caries (tooth decay after a previous filling), are the main cause of pain. Conditions such as tooth fracture, tooth sensitivity and slave sensitivity are observed. These conditions require immediate intervention and treatment.
Renewal of Canal Treatment (Retreatment)
After root canal treatment, if the treated tooth develops symptoms such as tenderness, pain, swelling or discharge and radiological differences such as periapical lesion formation, enlargement of the lamina dura, the treatment may need to be renewed. The old root canal is removed and a new root canal is prepared and filled.
Whitening agent is applied to teeth that have changed color due to any reason, and the aesthetic expectations of the patient are tried to be met by aiming to make the teeth more beautiful, white and natural color.
Canal Treatment of a Tooth with Periapical Lesion
If the patient does not see a doctor despite prolonged inflammation in the tooth, the infection spreads to the soft and hard tissues around the tooth and causes damage. Bone destruction has occurred at the root end of the tooth as a result of infection. Developing caries is removed. The root canal is cleaned of inflammation. Root canal filling and crown filling of the tooth are performed and the patient is followed up.
Restorative Dental Treatment
It is a branch of dentistry and treatment methods that restore the aesthetics and functionality of teeth with filling or filling-like applications. In this context, teeth whitening, cleaning dental caries and repairing teeth, arranging composite and amalgam fillings are among the procedures applied.